Marrying a Punjabi? 10 Things You Should Be Prepared For!

Brace for impact. If you’re a non-Punjabi marrying one, this is pretty much the best advice you can get, because life is about to get prreeetty crazy! From Patiala pegs and paranthas to pappi- jhappis, here’s a community that lives (and loves) BIG. And while the ridiculously high sound levels and overly nosy aunties can be a bit much, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another community that knows better how to live life king size!

Marrying a Punjabi
Marrying a Punjabi

So read on and prepare yourself for the things that a Punjabi will bring into your life!

#1. Life is a party—and a crazy one at that

Excited for the Party

For a community that loves to dance, eat and drink, every occasion becomes a celebration. Get ready to attend and host a LOT of parties…From pre-birthdays to post weddings, they just need an excuse to let loose. 

#2. Prepare thy liver

Group Drinking

A Punjabi has its own measurement index when it comes to alcohol—and trust us the Patiala peg means business! Everyone loves their whisky and if you’re a non-drinker, you’re going to be in trouble. This community can drink A LOT, so you better prep yourself for it. 

#3. Bring on the butter chicken and Aloo paratha!

Eating Chickenn

Get your cholesterol levels checked and hit the gym, cause you are going to have to eat. All the time! From butter chicken and lassi to paranthas and pinni, their kitchen never shuts and their appetite is never satiated. Feeding and being fed is the ultimate expression of love, and you’re about to get a taste of it. 

#4. Meet the “Non-veg” jokes and unlimited laughter


Much like their food, Punjabis are quite uninhibited when it comes to humor and gossip. Forget political correctness— a Punjabi thrives on unfiltered conversations and openhearted laughter. So if you’re someone who respects his/her privacy, get over it. It’s not going to matter anymore. Though once you get used to their jokes and you’ll actually have a great time. 

#5. Let’s Bhangra 

Daler Mehendi

Here’s how to identify a true Punjabi—put on a Badshah song and see if they can resist dancing. Because anyone whose shoulders don’t start popping when the beat comes on cannot be a real Punjabi. The phrase “dance like no one is watching” was made for this community and they are united in their love for Bhangra music and a chance to dance. So put on your dancing shoes and start practicing. 

#6. It’s about to get generous


Like we said, with Punjabi, the running theme is going big or go home, and it’s no different when it comes to generosity. They’re truly big-hearted and don’t pinch pennies when it comes to showing their affection. From close family to distant aunties and uncles, everyone will welcome you with an abundance of gifts! 

#7. Get your Guccis & Armanis out 


It’s time to pull out the big guns because the dressing is taken VERY seriously here! From monogrammed bags and chunky jewelry to blingy outfits, you have got to be ON all the time. And subtle is simply not their style! So it doesn’t look pricey, it’s not going to make the cut. 

#8. The LEGENDARY aunties 

Punjabi aunty

Trust us, this is NOT an urban myth. Punjabi aunties, with their wholesome hugs and nosy conversations, are very real. They will always be around to tell you when you aren’t dressed “fancy” enough or are “too skinny” or when “it’s time to have babies”. They can be a bit much to take in, but once you get used to them, they can be the most fun people to hang out with! 

#9. The world is YOUR family

Big Family

You are going to have family in EVERY corner of the world, from Amreeka and Kanneda to Amritsar and Kapurthala. Punjabi families are big and they love to get together. So if you’re looking for alone time, get it out of your system right away! 

#10. Limitless love, laughter, and lassis! 

khadke glassy

And for all of the above, you’re about to become a part of a community that knows how to make the most of life. You will have an excess of everything—love, laughter and lassis! And that’s pretty easy to get used to when you’re marrying a Punjabi!

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for & Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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